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Best burger in Petaluma?

Sarah Sep 14, 2010 06:56 PM

Mike's at the Yard is gone, so where would you go?

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    saffrongold Sep 15, 2010 10:07 AM

    Mike's has moved to Cotati, just another 15 minutes northeast....

    1. Scott M Sep 15, 2010 11:23 AM

      I would go to SuperBurger in Penngrove. Closer to Petaluma and they have fries!


      10060 Main, Penngrove, CA 94951

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        jwilliamson Sep 19, 2010 12:52 AM

        There is a place called Julian's that has one of the best burgers i have had from a restaurant.
        They have a cajun burger that is great.

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        1. re: jwilliamson
          bbulkow Oct 31, 2010 09:16 AM

          Hello, first time poster!
          What's your feeling for bugers closer to the bay, like SF or the East Bay?

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          hgray14 Oct 30, 2010 12:34 PM

          Although only one part, the meat is a huge factor in making a great burger. Taste the meat alone and you will have a pretty good clue if the burger you just bought is going to be any goodd.

          Anyone that thinks Julians makes great burgers hasn't eaten anywhere else. Actually, even if you have never had another burger in your entire life a reasonably dicerning palette can tell that Julian's is super low grade. Their Yelp reviews are old and tire and super inaccurate. They don't offer Niman Ranch anymore, don't have sliders, and are expensive for what you get. Not that it is the best burger in town but Flamez (across the parking lot from Julian's) is head and shoulders above Julian's. Flamez actually grinds their own beef. Taste their meat side by side with Julians and you will wonder who would call Julian's a good burger. I suspect that the owner puts up their good reviews. If so, contact me and I will help you make a better burger. Anyone who gets a burger from both places and prefers Julian's clearly doesn't know burgers...especially when you consider the price.

          Wild Goat Bistro makes a pretty mean burger as well does Maguire's. Pretty close to where Mike's at the Yard used to be is Lombardi's. They make the best BBQ burger in town. (I distinguish between diner burgers, BBQ burgers, and fancy burgers. Julian's might be okay in the diner catergory except they charge too much...and their garlic fries are awful.) Walnut Grill makes a pretty good burger right downtown. Blu's burger is okay but nothing special and kind of expensive. Suprisingly, the bowling alley serves a pretty good diner burger. 4th & Sea makes a terrible burger.

          Speaking of Mike's at the Yard, their Cotati burger is not nearly as good as it was at the Yard. If you are that far north go into RP to Burger City by Walmart. Terrible decore but a great burger. Also, the new place at Mike's Yard old location is Roy's Dogs and they make great food. Their dogs are made from beef brisket so the flavor is much better than a standard dog. And they make great shakes too. The owners are very nice - we love that place.

          For being a cow town (albeit dairy, not meat) Petaluma's 45+ burger joints don't really turn out anything spectacular. Neither does Penngrove, by the way. I keep going back to Super Burger in Penngrove and keep being meet with disappointment.

          Sarah, if you ever make it over to Schellville (south Sonoma) check out Fremont Diner. I have yet to taste a burger in Sonoma County that is as good as their grass feed beef burgers (don't forget the bacon.)

          Fremont Diner
          2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

          Super Burger
          14988 Farnsworth St, San Leandro, CA 94579

          Burger City
          500 Elmira Rd Ste A, Vacaville, CA 95687

          Wild Goat Bistro
          6 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

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          1. re: hgray14
            Civil Bear Oct 30, 2010 06:20 PM

            Thanks, I recently tried a Julian's burger with a coupon and thought if that is the best burger in town, Petaluma is in trouble...at least went it comes to burgers...

            1. re: Civil Bear
              steve h. Oct 30, 2010 06:33 PM

              Scoot over the mountains and grab a burger at Pine Cone Diner in Pt. Reyes Station. Have a chocolate shake if that's your thing or kick back with a Petaluma-sourced Lagunitas IPA. Cheddar cheese on the burger is my choice. Skin-on fries are an OK side, house-made potato salad is pretty decent. Bring your dog and sit outside. It's all good.

              Pine Cone Diner
              60 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

              1. re: steve h.
                6ct9 Dec 9, 2010 12:02 PM

                If you are in the area or are tired of the same old, you should definitely check out RockerOysterFellers in Valley Ford; not only do they have one of the best burgers in Sonoma county, but the rest of the Southern inspired menu is excellent as well.

                1. re: 6ct9
                  steve h. Dec 9, 2010 01:22 PM

                  Oysters Rockefeller in a saloon? Burgers, too??
                  Sounds like an interesting drive. Thanks for the tip.

                  1. re: 6ct9
                    Melanie Wong Dec 16, 2010 01:01 PM

                    Here's the link for Rocker Oysterfeller's.

                    Rocker Oysterfeller's
                    14415 Valley Ford Road, Valley Ford, CA 94972

                    1. re: Melanie Wong
                      steve h. Dec 22, 2010 10:44 AM

                      Thanks for the link. This place appeals to me at many levels of ambiguity.

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              Ptowner Dec 16, 2010 07:58 AM

              Living in Petaluma, i've tried every burger there is, except the one at Hallie's Diner. I had the patty melt there the other day and it was very good! Came cooked med rare, just like i asked (my biggest pet peeve is when they ask and it comes obliterated anyway....why even ask me then?!). Not really a shocker though, as Hallies does things well.

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              1. re: Ptowner
                Melanie Wong Dec 16, 2010 01:04 PM

                Oh yes, Hallie's is a little jewel. Thanks for the reminder and the word on the patty melt. Too long since my last meal there.

                Any spots that you'd recommend against for burgers?

                125 Keller St, Petaluma, CA 94952

              2. wolfe Apr 4, 2013 07:00 PM

                I really enjoyed the juicy, messy turkey burger special at the Wild Goat Bistro.

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